Statistics

About half of all homicides in New Zealand are committed by an offender who is identified as family. (1)

NZ Police recorded a family violence investigation on average every five and a half minutes in 2014. (2a) 76% of family violence incidents are NOT reported to Police. (2b)

101,981 family violence investigations were recorded by NZ Police in 2014, up 7% from 95,101 in 2013. (3)

In the four years from 2009 to 2012, an average of 13 women, 10 men, and 9 children were killed each year as a result of family violence1. (4)

24% of women and 6% of men have experienced one or more sexual offences at some point during their lives. (5)

Disabled women are about twice as likely to be victims of violence or abuse compared to other women. (6)

Children and young people

14% of young people report being hit or physically harmed on purpose by an adult at home in the last 12 months. (7)

20% of girls and 9% of boys in New Zealand report unwanted sexual touching or being forced to do sexual things. (8)

Partner abuse

50% of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) deaths occurred at the time of actual or intended separation. (9)

1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence from a partner in their lifetime. (10)

76 per cent of recorded assaults against females are committed by an offender that is identified as family. (11)

In the four years from 2009 to 2012, 76% of intimate partner violence-related deaths were perpetrated by men, 24% were perpetrated by women. (12)

It is estimated that between 2-5% of the older population in New Zealand experience some form of elder abuse. (13)

Economic cost

Family violence is estimated to cost the country between $4.1 and $7 billion each year. (14)

Attitudes to family violence

1 in 3 people have taken some action as a result of the It’s not OK Campaign (talked to their family, sought more information, asked for or offered help). (15)

For more detailed statistics see the NZ Family Violence Clearinghouse website. 

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Sources:

(1) Family Violence Death Review Committee. (2014). Fourth Annual Report: January 2013 to December 2013. Wellington, Health Quality and Safety Commission. Retrieved June 2014 from http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/mrc/fvdrc/publications-and-resources/publication/1600/

(2a) Based on: Statistics New Zealand. (2015). New Zealand Police recorded crime and apprehension tables. Retrieved 9 April 2015 from http://nzdotstat.stats.govt.nz/wbos/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=TABLECODE7407

(Minutes in a year (525,600) divided by investigations recorded (101,981) = 5.15 minutes)

(2b) New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey: 2014 (2015)

http://www.justice.govt.nz/publications/global-publications/n/new-zealand-crime-and-safety-survey-2014/publications/global-publications/n/new-zealand-crime-and-safety-survey-2014/documents/nzcass-main-findings-report

(3) Statistics New Zealand. (2015). New Zealand Police recorded crime and apprehension tables. Retrieved 9 April 2015 from http://nzdotstat.stats.govt.nz/wbos/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=TABLECODE7407

(4) Family Violence Death Review Committee. (2014). Fourth Annual Report: January 2013 to December 2013. Wellington, Health Quality and Safety Commission. Retrieved June 2014 from http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/mrc/fvdrc/publications-and-resources/publication/1600/

 To add context, over the same period:

  • an average of 12 women and 4 men a year were killed in the context of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
  • an average 1 woman and 5 men a year were killed in the context of Intrafamilial Violence (IFV)
  • men were the perpetrators of IPV deaths 76% of the time vs women 24% of the time
  • both men and women are the perpetrators of child abuse and neglect (CAN) deaths 50% of the time4
  • men are the perpetrators of IFV deaths 78% of the time vs women 19% of the time.

1Intimate Partner Violence2, Child Abuse and Neglect and/or Intrafamilial Violence3

2Worth noting also that IPV-related deaths include the deaths of new (male) partners of women, by the woman’s ex-partner.

3Intrafamilial Violence is all forms of abuse between family members other than intimate partners of parents of their children. It includes abuse/neglect or older people aged approximately 65 years and over by a person with whom they have a relationship of trust, violence perpetrated by a child against their parent, violence perpetrated by a parent on their adult child and violence among siblings.

 4Of Child Abuse and Neglect deaths where mothers and female caregivers were the perpetrators, 25% were the result of fatal inflicted injuries. The rest resulted from Filicide and parental suicide (31%), Neonaticide (25%), and Fatal neglectful supervision (19%). Where fathers and step-fathers were the perpetrators, 81% were the result of fatal inflicted injuries. The remaining 19% were a result of Filicide and parental suicide.

(5) Ministry of Justice (2015). 2014 New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey (NZCASS): Main findings report. http://www.justice.govt.nz/publications/global-publications/n/new-zealand-crime-and-safety-survey-2014/publications/global-publications/n/new-zealand-crime-and-safety-survey-2014/documents/nzcass-main-findings-report

Family Violence Statistics Report 2009.

(6) Brownridge, D. (2006). Partner violence against women with disabilities: Prevalence, risk and explanations. Violence against women 12(9), 805-822.

http://web.usu.edu/saavi/docs/partner_violence_women_with_disabilities_805.pdf

(7) Clark, T. C., Fleming, T., Bullen, P., Denny, S., Crengle, S., Dyson, B., Fortune, S., Lucassen, M., Peiris-John, R., Robinson, E., Rossen, F., Sheridan, J., Teevale, T., Utter, J. (2013). Youth’12 Overview: The health and wellbeing of New Zealand secondary school students in 2012. Auckland, New Zealand: The University of Auckland https://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/assets/fmhs/faculty/ahrg/docs/2012prevalence-tables-report.pdf

(8) Ibid

(9) Family Violence Death Review Committee. (2014). Fourth Annual Report: January 2013 to December 2013. Wellington, Health Quality and Safety Commission. Retrieved June 2014 from http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/mrc/fvdrc/publications-and-resources/publication/1600/

(10) https://nzfvc.org.nz/data-summaries/snapshot

Fanslow, J.L. et al. (2011). Sticks, Stones, or Words? Counting the Prevalence of Different Types of Intimate Partner Violence Reported by New Zealand Women. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 20, 741–759.

(11) https://nzfvc.org.nz/data-summaries/violence-against-women

(12) Family Violence Death Review Committee. (2014). Fourth Annual Report: January 2013 to December 2013. Wellington, Health Quality and Safety Commission. Retrieved June 2014 from http://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/mrc/fvdrc/publications-and-resources/publication/1600/

Worth noting also that IPV-related deaths include the deaths of new (male) partners of women, by the woman’s ex-partner.

(13) Hong, B. (2004). A Review of Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention Services in New Zealand. Wellington: Office for Senior Citizens.

https://www.ageconcern.org.nz/files/EANP/Lightshed%20report%20-%20A%20review%20of%20EANP%20Services%20in%20New%20Zealand,%202004.pdf

 At 30 June 2014, the estimated population of New Zealand resident population that are 65 years and over was 650,400. This would put the population that are 65 years and over experiencing some form of elder abuse at between 13,008 - 32,520 people.

http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/estimates_and_projections/NationalPopulationEstimates_HOTPAt30Jun15.aspx

(14) https://glenninquiry.org.nz/uploads/files/ECONOMIC_COSTS_OF_CHILD_ABUSE_INTIMATE_PARTNER_ABUSE2.pdf

Direct costs to Government of providing family and sexual violence services has been calculated at $1.4 billion (2013/14) reference to the portfolio analysis in July Cabinet paper https://beehive.govt.nz/webfm_send/68

(15) Family Violence Mass Media Campaign: Tracking Survey 5 – Phoenix Research (available on request by emailing areyouok@msd.govt.nz)